Monday, 13 November 2017 21:11

Old Town's McKenna Smith to play softball at Saint Anselm College

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OLD TOWN - After one of the most dominant pitching campaigns in all of Northern Maine last season, one Old Town hurler has her eyes set on playing college ball.

Softball pitcher McKenna Smith signed a letter of intent Monday to play at Saint Anselm College next year. Smith, who has helped lead Old Town to back-to-back Class B state titles, will enter the Division II school as a pitcher. She spent much of the summer playing in the Sluggers' softball program, competing with others in New England and improving her game.

 

"To be able to travel to Mass. and New Hampshire and to play other players who have committed to play Division I and Division II was really cool to see how I compared and to see how I competed with them," Smith said. "So it was really great."

 

Smith played her sophomore season primarily as an outfielder, but developed into an elite pitcher last season. She was the PVC softball player and pitcher of the year, striking out 19 batters in state championship game. Ironically, Smith did not even begin playing softball until around sixth grade, so as she noted Monday, receiving the chance to play in college is one she does not take for granted.

 

"To be able to go from playing at a really not as young age but to be now older and to be able to play at that level means a lot and to just carry out something that I enjoy doing and to be connected with is really great."

Jon Alba

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.